Voice Recognition Update
Just wanted to comment a bit more on the Windows 7 built-in Voice Recognition application. After spending twenty minutes or so with the “computer training” portion of the application, 3 or 4 different times, the difference in accuracy has already become quite noticeable. Today, for the first time, I was able to dictate a fairly long paragraph with only two mistakes, both of which were easily corrected by spelling the words in question. I was also able to dictate in a lower, more normal voice (as opposed to practically screaming into the microphone to get any response at all), and I was able to dictate at a more comfortable speed, rather than pausing after each word. The instructions say that the more you use VR, the better your computer will get, and I’m starting to believe it.
Personally, I think this is going to be a godsend to me for whenever I have long passages to write. And I can see that it could be very helpful for anyone with carpal tunnel issues, repetitive stress, or other injuries to the hands or arms. You just need to be patient, and learn how to be a good computer trainer. I, myself, am aiming for Computer Whisperer status. My computer IS going to learn that I am Pack Leader, and will follow my every command precisely, without ever going into the Red Zone!
That’s MY story, an’ (once again) I’m stickin’ TO it!